Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 159 - Describe a part of your city that is changing

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a part of your city that is changing.

You should say:

  • which part of the city it is
  • how it is changing
  • why it is changing

and explain how you feel about the changes.

Follow-up Questions:
- Are the changes in the cities good or bad?
- How do people react to them?
- Which facilities should the government make available for people?
- Should a government consider local people's opinion when deciding on changes in the city?
- Should people know about everything the government is planning?


Model Answer 1:
In today’s world, all cities go through some sort of changes and urbanization on a regular basis primarily in order to accommodate the needs of the ever-increasing population who flock into the city. The city, in which I live, is no exception, as it also is going through some visible changes.

These changes are visible more or less in all parts of the cities, but it is certainly more visible at the centre part of the city because this is where most of the financial and commercial activities take place. But the problem is, this centre part of the city has become so congested because of too many buildings, businesses and stores that getting through to it becomes very much like wrestling.

The traffic situation becomes even worse during office hours. In order to deal with this rather unbearable and unpleasant situation in one of the major cities of my country, the local government has taken up projects to grow vertically instead of horizontally. In other words, some buildings, which are covering large areas, are being demolished in order to replace them with high rise buildings.

Apparently, this particular action would leave more empty space in the area for the city dwellers to move more freely and easily. Another change, that is being visible at the city centre, is that new but wider roads are being paved with concrete to provide easy access to the people who visit it to meet their daily needs. Needless to say, more and more new businesses and shops with popular brand names are making their grand entrance into this place to meet the increasing demands of its residents.

Anyway, I feel really good about these changes and activities because they will evidently give a new and better look to our city. Besides, all these changes and activities will create more employment opportunities for the residents of my city where the unemployment rate is comparatively higher than in the rest of the country. Finally, I like these changes, because it will benefit us and the consumers at large, as there would be more healthy competitions among the businesses.


Sample Answer 2:
I have been living in (..say your city name...) for the last 18 years or so. And I know almost every street and corner of this city. The city that someone can see now is far different from the place it was when I first saw it. And in my opinion, the north part of the city has evolved more rapidly than any part of it, and it is still changing.

When I first visited this part of the city, it was mostly open space with many green and sumptuous fields, trees, parks, natural lakes and just a few families who lived there. There was hardly any high rising building, and interestingly, many farmers and fishers lived there. The lavish green fields, large lakes, plenty of trees and people’s traditional lifestyle used to give an impression of a kind of rural life despite its being a part of a city.

But this is no longer the case for this part of the city since it has changed remarkably. I went there a few weeks ago after almost four years and was surprised to notice the changes that have already taken place. It is still changing as many constructions and commercialisations are still ongoing.

The need for industrialisation, to accommodate the increasing population and for business expansion, this part has changed sp rapidly and dramatically. The open spaces, fields, and lakes have reduced significantly and one can notice the overwhelming number of factories, industries and offices there. This place no longer gives a rural area type impression. Rather, it looks more like a neo-industrial area. The number of roads and cars has increased notably while most farmers and fishers have relocated to another village. Finally, new colleges and universities, hospitals, offices and business centres have been built there.

I can understand the necessity of the new industries and offices and their importance for a country, but the way this part of the city has been transformed is a bit shocking to me. There could have been an alternative place for industries, and the city administrators and authorities could have saved the natural part of the city. But it seems like nobody cares!

Already the city is overpopulated, and because of that we constantly face lots of problems. The new and mega housing projects in this part have accommodated at least a million more people. It has also destroyed the natural habitat of many fishes, plants and animals. Overall, it is a concerning issue.


Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a change you have witnessed in your city.
  2. Describe a problem about your city that bothers you.
  3. Describe a commercial or industrial area in your city.
  4. Describe a busy area of your hometown.
  5. Describe a part of your city that is getting crowded.
  6. Describe a part of your city where you once lived in.
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